Last Work Days

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My last days at work were truly bittersweet.


Whilst I was pumped to be moving back home to family and friends and starting a new venture, I was sad to be leaving the life I had built in Maastricht over almost two years.


My hesitation to leave, to this day makes me laugh, mostly because of how hesitant I was to move to Maastricht in the first place back in 2016. During the interview stages, I asked everyone and their mothers what they thought I should do. Like the great Ariana Grande sings, my mind was ruled by “What ifs?”, and being the pessimist I can be sometimes, most of those ‘What ifs?’ had negative endings.


What if I didn’t make any friends? What I didn’t like the job? What if I couldn’t manage?


But now, looking back on the experience, all I have are good memories. Whatever periods of angst or upset that befell me there, have genuinely been outshone by all the good stuff.


I made a little video of a typical work day for me, again because I’m a sentimental lass. See below.



And on my last day, I was made to feel like an absolute Princess by the team. I told myself I wouldn’t cry, but I had no chance honestly.


princess me

My biggest takeaway from living in Maastricht, was my mobility. I went to a new country, where I didn’t know a soul, and made a life for myself. That’s surely one of the greatest things I have done. The people I met, and the things I did whilst I was away undoubtedly helped me grow, and opened my eyes to more of what the world could hold for me.


As I kid, I remember thinking I didn’t see myself living in London forever, but this stint away has really proven to me how plausible it is, that I can travel abroad and live a vibrant and colourful life somewhere new.


maastricht viewsmaastricht sunset


Living and working abroad is definitely an experience I would recommend to others, and something I hope to do again in my lifetime. Next time, somewhere to the west and sunny! Somewhere I could practice my languishing Spanish would be a plus.

Charlotte Gray
Charlotte Gray

Thanks for spending some time Up and Away with me!

I’m writing here to keep track of not only my travels to new places, but also my daily journeys through learning, loving and life.

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